Saturday August 8, 2020

Rising ties remain strong for some Dáil politicians

A trawl through the family histories of the current Dáil and Seanad

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

3rd January, 2016
The aftermath of the Easter Rising on Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) with the GPO in the background Picture: Getty

Catherine Murphy has a familial history of taking on powerful and well-financed opponents in the Four Courts. Almost 100 years ago, her grandfather, her grandmother and two of her grand-aunts were in the Four Courts garrison during the week of the Easter Rising.

Murphy said that her grandfather, William Murnane, was captured afterwards by British forces and interned in Frongoch camp in Wales. While he was there, he sent a poem to her grandmother Margaret, who...

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